Like almost everyone else in the United States, I seem to have gotten some sort of cold. Upon recommendation of my Dad, I tried some Theraflu and it is really pretty amazing stuff. It soothed my throat and dried up my snot-maker. I still feel pretty miserable though so I decided to amp it up a bit.
I remember my Grandpa sipping on ginger brandy when he had a cold. He wasn’t a drinker at all so for him to hit the brandy, it must have been effective. I headed to the local drug store tonight. After slinking through the liquor aisle, I found a bottle of the exact brand of ginger brandy Grandpa used to drink. Like Grandpa, I am not much of a drinker. I had no idea how to drink brandy so I figured I would start with a straw. It worked but it didn’t seem too tough drinking hooch through a straw. I considered how they drink on tv so I decided to do brandy shots. I can report that after 11 shots, I am not feeling any pain at all. I have developed a red nose though.
Anyhow, I am definitely feeling no pain, but I don’t know that I truly knocked out the cold. With a bit of scientific Google research, I found a few more home remedies to try out. I read that zinc can shorten the life of a cold. I didn’t have any zinc laying around but I know that pennies are made partly of zinc. The above study said 15 mg of zinc is the recommended dose for men. Pennies are 97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper. An individual penny weighs 2.5 grams. Though I am in an altered state, I believe that means that each penny has 2437.5 mg of zinc. As always, if some is good, more is better so I swallowed 2 pennies and another shot of brandy. I also discovered that increased copper will help reduce LDL cholesterol and lower blood pressure…awesome! And another shot of brandy for health!
I found a listing of all sorts of home remedies as well. Some were easy to try. One suggestion is that lemon and some honey mixed in water would reduce the length of a cold. I have honey from my bees but I am a little short on lemons. The kids still had some Halloween candy so I swiped a packet of lemonheads from their stash and chased them with a tablespoon of honey. Now, I expect that some of this stuff will help my cold. By the way, is a headache part of the recovery from a cold? I am starting to get a bit of a headache and a cottony mouth…we’ll see how that turns out. Anyhow, does anyone else have any home remedies that work? I am in need!